In the hunt to replace all those chemical-laden products around your home with green alternatives, essential oils should definitely play a part. There are so many ways you can use different oils, the biggest problem will probably be how to keep yourself from buying them all!
Keep it simple
Deodorizing is the most obvious use for essential oils around your home, but it’s worth mentioning. Many don’t realize just how many places you could freshen up. Add a few drops to baking soda and sprinkle onto carpets or inside shoes. Do the same for the baking soda box inside your refrigerator. With a few drops on a cotton ball, you can make your entire home smell great by running the cotton ball over door frames and windows. Adding a few drops to a pot of simmering oil will make your house smell refreshed.
little helpers around the house
Some essential oils, like peppermint and rosemary, help keep pests out of your house. Spraying or sprinkling a few drops of these scents near your doors and windows, and under your sinks and cabinets, will deter flies, spiders, mosquitos, and mice. If there are existing holes where rodents have entered your home before, stuff a few peppermint oil-soaked cotton balls into the space to keep them from coming back. And speaking of pests, a few drops of eucalyptus oil in your laundry can remove mites from your sheets and pillowcases.
great cleaning agents
Eucalyptus, lemon, and pine oils are natural cleaners that can be used in combination with your favorite green cleaners, or with a simple vinegar spray. These oils have natural disinfectant properties that make them perfect for cleaning in your kitchen or bathroom. It also makes a streak-free shine on mirrors and windows and removes stains from inside your refrigerator. Sprinkling a bit of lemon oil on your sponge will keep it fresh and prevent any buildup between uses.
Essential oils promote wellness
Finally, essential oils can be used to create an environment that promotes wellness. Lavender oil is soothing for us and our pets, so spraying the diluted scent on bedding is great for restless nights. Eucalyptus oil simmering on the stove can help guard against the flu, and tea tree oil makes an easy mold killer when diluted in warm water.
Using organic essential oils around the home helps reduce the number of commercial cleaners you’ll need to purchase, and because they usually come in glass jars, they also help cut back on the plastic products in your home.